27 minutes to upload 1GB to ZumoDrive

I haven’t seen Lee Wilkins in the flesh for a good few years. He’s been out in Romania pursuing numerous opportunities in the digital space. We still talk — or Tweet/Facebook/Email — but I don’t think I want to speak with Lee aagin.

Not after I saw his Tweet last night about ZumoDrive.

27 seconds to upload 1GB to #ZumoDrive

I am riddled with jealousy.

I’d like to point out that Lee is in ROMANIA. And he can upload a gig in 27 seconds? How shit is the UK infrastructure?

Well, let me tell you.

I have an 8mb BT broadband option 3 bollocks connection. (“8mb connection my arse!”)

It’s the most expensive consumer ‘business’ one you can buy. And at peak performance it will do just under 50k/second upload.

Typically, with everything switched off and the whole town asleep, it usually does 35k/second upload.

Download, it’s more or less double. 80-100k/second down. Sometimes slightly faster from companies who have got data centres in the UK and highly connected.

I can thus upload a whisker over 2mb a MINUTE if I’m lucky. That means I can upload a gig in 8.3 hours.

HOURS.

So whatever bollocks you read in the press about the Government — and British Telecom — moving ‘Britain into the 21st Century’, it hasn’t happened in Billericay, Essex, 30-odd miles East of London.

I’d be — literally — quicker moving to Romania.

More about ZumoDrive here.

Update: See Lee’s comment below. 26 minutes, not seconds ;-)

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  • http://jonmulholland.com jonmulholland

    Wow, that it s so embarrassing.

    It's not much better in the heart of the Thames Valley – averaging about 2.3Mbs just a few miles south of Reading.

  • http://intomobile.com constantine

    i find that hard to believe unless he has some seriously high end RAID setup or some top secret solid state disk. pushing 1 GB over 27 seconds is difficult to do locally, much less over the internet.

  • http://jonmulholland.com jonmulholland

    Wow, that it s so embarrassing.

    It's not much better in the heart of the Thames Valley – averaging about 2.3Mbs just a few miles south of Reading.

  • http://intomobile.com constantine

    i find that hard to believe unless he has some seriously high end RAID setup or some top secret solid state disk. pushing 1 GB over 27 seconds is difficult to do locally, much less over the internet.

  • http://www.mobileindustryreview.com Ewan @ MIR

    Let's get an answer from Mr Lee Wilkins. Lee?

  • http://www.mobileindustryreview.com Ewan @ MIR

    Heh ahhhhhh ok. Now I understand. I thought there was some shit hot
    Romanian internet connection that I wasn't aware off. I'll correct that
    title then ;-)

    2009/1/18 Disqus <>

  • http://twitter.com/leewilkins lee wilkins

    Mr M!

    Although I do live in a Met area, where upload/downloads can exceed 10mbps, especially S3 stuff, what actually happened was the files were copied locally for ZD to process in the background.

    This will probably make it worse but it took me 26mins to upload that 1gig

    Please talk to me?

  • http://www.carsonified.com DominicTravers

    I Currently live in Bristol and can get O2/Be ADSL2+, which is exactly what BT aim to have rolled out nation wide by 2011 as the culmination of their 21CN project to make Britain world leaders in IP based communication technology. 15 months ago when I first signed up to the service it was pretty good, 16Mbps down and 1.3Mbps up. For at least the last 6 months the O2 box in my local exchange has been full to bursting and the thoughput can only be described as dismal. I can still get the maximum speeds once a connection is established, but the latency in ordinary browsing the internet is abysmal now I am on the max contention ratio.

    If this is as good as UK domestic broadband is going to get we're doomed.

  • http://www.carsonified.com DominicTravers

    I Currently live in Bristol and can get O2/Be ADSL2+, which is exactly what BT aim to have rolled out nation wide by 2011 as the culmination of their 21CN project to make Britain world leaders in IP based communication technology. 15 months ago when I first signed up to the service it was pretty good, 16Mbps down and 1.3Mbps up. For at least the last 6 months the O2 box in my local exchange has been full to bursting and the thoughput can only be described as dismal. I can still get the maximum speeds once a connection is established, but the latency in ordinary browsing the internet is abysmal now I am on the max contention ratio.

    If this is as good as UK domestic broadband is going to get we're doomed.

  • http://jonmulholland.com jonmulholland

    That's it, I'm moving! I hear South Korea has pretty good broadband!

  • http://jonmulholland.com jonmulholland

    That's it, I'm moving! I hear South Korea has pretty good broadband!

  • http://www.carsonified.com DominicTravers

    I Currently live in Bristol and can get O2/Be ADSL2+, which is exactly what BT aim to have rolled out nation wide by 2011 as the culmination of their 21CN project to make Britain world leaders in IP based communication technology. 15 months ago when I first signed up to the service it was pretty good, 16Mbps down and 1.3Mbps up. For at least the last 6 months the O2 box in my local exchange has been full to bursting and the thoughput can only be described as dismal. I can still get the maximum speeds once a connection is established, but the latency in ordinary browsing the internet is abysmal now I am on the max contention ratio.

    If this is as good as UK domestic broadband is going to get we're doomed.

  • http://jonmulholland.com jonmulholland

    That's it, I'm moving! I hear South Korea has pretty good broadband!

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